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Tissue Paper Bowls



I have done this lesson a few times and usually relate it to Dale Chihuly’s Macchias. There are a few Macchias in the Mingei collection and they are occasionally on view.

I had the opportunity over the summer to go to Chihuly Gardens in Seattle and it was amazing. I loved the boat and all the dramatic lighting.

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I did these tissue bowls with my K/1 combo class-there are only 16 students and they come with 2 helpers so it is fairly easy to do some amazing and more complex lessons with these little artists.


This child only had one layer so it is very delicate and fragile but looks so pretty.49098836.jpgI used paper bowls covered in plastic wrap and they used diluted glue to add layers of tissue. The directions were to add 4 layers of tissue. Most did that for some great results. Those with less layers have a thinner more delicate bowl. 49098870.jpg49098891.jpg49098882.jpg




13336140_10154204773829042_6344952283846368632_n (1)The San Diego Art Educator’s Association, of which I am a member, held its second annual art show for students in grades k-8.


The art went on display in the lobby of the San Diego County Office of Education in early April and stayed up until May 31 at the closing reception.


It was advertised as “juried” but there were no awards. Students received a certificate for participating which was nice. It was great to see so many student art pieces from all over the county.


Teachers could only submit eight pieces from their schools. Because I had two sites this year, I entered fifteen pieces: eight from one site and seven from the other.


As Tim the SDAEA President says, art teachers do not get compensated for entering art shows for their students. They do it because they know the value of having artists and audiences interact with art.


It was a lot of extra work for me. I spent two entire afternoons tracking down the mat board then a whole day mounting and cutting and labeling. entire afternoon but it always makes me smile to see student art displayed  and that is why I keep doing it even though so few students ever attend these events.


Van Gogh’s Cat



I saw this lesson on the internet somewhere but cannot find it now to reference it. It is based on the book Van Gogh’s cat that was published by Scholastic.

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The K/1 classes drew starry night patterns on their paper then flipped it over and drew the outline of a cat.


They cut out the cats and glued them onto a solid background.

Splat Monsters


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The Kindergarten students have been learning about color and mixing paint so we did these splat monsters. I have seen similar lessons done many different ways over the years. This is our version. It also helped use up some of the foamies that were donated to the art room. It made a very tiny dent. I still have a huge plastic bin of foamies.

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Students were given scraps of paper, a black oil pastel, scissors and glue. they were instructed to make their monster parts-eyes, horns, noses, mouths, etc. and place them in their bin. Those are the black trays that are seen in the photos. They are Lean Cuisine trays that I wash and reuse.

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I walked around the room with paint in a squeeze bottle. They could choose warm colors or cool colors for their monster. On this day, every class came with a helper so one of us had the warm colors and the other had cool colors.

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As soon as they had paint on their paper, they stopped making monster parts and folded and squished the painted paper until the paint was evenly distributed or it looked the way they wanted it to.

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They then glued the parts onto their monsters. Super fun and pretty easy 30 minutes lesson.

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Art Dog


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My students love it when we find a great art related book. The book Art Dog by Thacher Hurd is really fun.

Here is a synopsis from Amazon: “Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don’t even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it’s up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he’s off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks.”

For this lesson, I did a directed drawing  of the dog with the students.


Some students wanted to draw Art Dog in his paintbrush car, some in profile and some from a front view. I just asked the students to vote and did a majority. I always let students who have a plan go ahead and those who want the help can follow me. If they wanted to do a version that I had not demoed, I went to the student’s desk and showed them how to draw the dog. We used oil pastel for this lesson.


After the dog was drawn, students could color as they chose to. My only “rule” was that the background had to be colorful and there could be little or no white paper showing when they finished.



Rhinos Who Surf



My children have loved this book since it was first read it to them. The illustrations are colorful and bright. The surfer slang makes it a fun read.


I first read the book to the students. I did a directed drawing of the rhino with them using grey oil pastel.

Students colored in their rhinos and added swim trunks, horns, eyes and swirls to the knee caps and elbows. Students drew colorful surfboards under their rhinos. They could add sky and water or use the paint for that. To make the water, students used bottles caps to make circle prints with blue, green and white tempera paint.

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